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HER Number:MDV11912
Name:Woolacombe Tracey, Mortehoe

Summary

Site of Woolacombe Tracey a medieval mansion and ancient residence of the Tracey family. Sir William de Tracey is said to have lived here after the murder of Thomas a Beckett in 1170.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 461 437
Map Sheet:SS44SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMortehoe
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMORTEHOE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS44SE/19
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS44SE11

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANSION HOUSE (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Risden, T., 1811, Choreographical Description of Devon, 1580-1640, 341 (Monograph). SDV660.


Lysons, D. + Lysons, S., 1822, Magna Britannica, 358 (Monograph). SDV323771.


Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Woolacombe Tracey (Site of)' shown on 19th century map to the east of Woolacombe.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Woolacombe Tracey (Site of)' shown on early 20th century map at circa SS46064377 to the north of the site shown on the 19th century map.


Ordnance Survey, 1905, 4SW (Cartographic). SDV342680.

'Woolacombe Tracey (Site of)' shown on early 20th century map to the north of the site shown on the 19th century map..


Reichel, O. J., 1928 - 1938, The Hundred of Shirwell in Early Times, 390,404,458,466,469,486,493 (Article in Monograph). SDV59335.

Woolacombe was Wolnecoma in Domesday. It was held by William Capra. Before the conquest it was held by Edwin. Early descents given.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SS44SE11 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV59332.

1. Woolacombe Tracey site of medieval mansion. Ancient residence of Tracey family. Sir William de Tracey said to have lived here after murder of Thomas a Beckett in 1170.
2. The owner of Woolacombe Barton knew the site from tradition and his father had known it since 1867. Stones with mortar attached are still unearthed from the site, which is now under grass with no visible evidence of a building at that site.


Ordnance Survey, 1963, SS44SE (Cartographic). SDV342679.

Not shown on 1963 map when the area would appear undeveloped.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 733 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Woolacombe Tracey site of medieval mansion. Ancient residence of Tracey family. Woolacombe Tracy was Wolnecoma in Domesday. Site appears at least partly undeveloped on 2004 map. Record of stones with mortar being unearthed from site.


Steinmetzer, M., 2008, Archaeological Watching Brief on land at Woolacombe Primary School, Woolacombe (Report - Watching Brief). SDV342681.

During groundworks on land to the west of Woolacombe Primary School in 2008 no archaeological features, deposits or artefacts were recovered.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323771Monograph: Lysons, D. + Lysons, S.. 1822. Magna Britannica. Magna Britannica: A Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties o. 6: Devonshire. Unknown. 358.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 733.
SDV342679Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. SS44SE. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV342680Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 4SW. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV342681Report - Watching Brief: Steinmetzer, M.. 2008. Archaeological Watching Brief on land at Woolacombe Primary School, Woolacombe. Exeter Archaeology Report. Project 6565. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV59332Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SS44SE11. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV59335Article in Monograph: Reichel, O. J.. 1928 - 1938. The Hundred of Shirwell in Early Times. The Hundreds of Devon. A5 Hardback. 390,404,458,466,469,486,493.
SDV660Monograph: Risden, T.. 1811. Choreographical Description of Devon, 1580-1640. Choreographical Description of Devon, 1580-1640. Unknown. 341.

Associated Monuments

MDV31248Related to: Woolacombe Barton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV295 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV4531 - Watching Brief west of Woolacombe Primary School

Date Last Edited:Dec 11 2015 11:28AM